Saturday, December 4, 2021

National Cookie Day




So, of course, I want to bring you some books about COOKIES! 

Oldie but Goodie...

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond

published by Harper Collins


The Smart Cookie

by Jory John and Pete Oswald

published by HarperCollins

Delicious Nonfiction...

How the Cookie Crumbled

by Gilbert Ford

published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

International Owl Awareness Day

It's International Owl Awareness Day! I have a soft spot for owls. They're majestic, mysterious and elude us. I hear them at night, but never see them. I put out an owl house like this...

but I've only had interest by a squirrel and a dragonfly, until a little momma and daddy finch took it over. It's been quite humorous to see these teeny tiny birds guarding their "humble home". 

There are some fantastic owl books out. Here are some of my favorites!

An Nonfiction Early Reader

by Laura Marsh
published by National Geographic

A Fiction Oldie but Goodie

Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr
published by Philomel Books

A New Nonfiction that I just love!

Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls
by Annette Whipple
published by Reycraft Books

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

International Mud Day

What better way to celebrate International Mud Day than with a new book! This story is so inspiring. It is based on a true story of refugee children and highlights the ingenuity of kids and how they "create[d] something from nothing". So all you kids stuck at home right now...Make something! Pull out some straws or toothpicks to build. Grab old socks, paper plates or lunch sacks to make puppets. Or go out and dig in the dirt. 

Dirt + Water = Mud   

When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children

by Janie Reinart and Morgan Taylor

published by Blue Whale Press 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

It's Mother Goose Day!

Mother Goose nursery rhymes are enjoyable for young children to be able to hear the playful side of our language. In honor of Mother Goose Day...

    chime in 

       this story-time

             full of rhyme!

A Mother Goose collection not to be missed! It's Mother Goose with a twist...

Grumbles From the Town

by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Angela Matteson

published by Wordsong

This newly published story brings the Mother Goose characters in for the win...

Mother Goose to the Rescue!

by Nate Evans, Stephanie Gwyn Brown and Jessica Gibson

published by Penguin Workshop

This oldie but goldie was my son's favorite book, many moons ago. There's more than we know about the day in the life of that teeny-weeny spider...

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

by Iza Trapani

published by Charlesbridge

My favorite accomplice for writing in rhyme is Rhyme Zone! There's so much more than meets the eye - give it a try!

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Circle of Life

I hadn't planned to write this post. But after the recent passing of my 97 year old grandma, it is on my heart to curate a few books on the subject because...well, we all face it at some point. My children were young when my dad died. Their Poppa was only 62. I wish I had thought to get books together for them.


by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:

Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn’t going to get better. The friends help each other face the difficult news with whispers, sniffles, cuddles, and even laughs. Slowly Gus realizes that even after Ida is gone, she will still be with him—through the sounds of their city, and the memories that live in their favorite spots.

Dance like a Leaf

by A.J. Irving and Claudia Navarro

published by Barefoot Books

From Goodreads:

As her grandmother's health declines, a young girl begins to lovingly take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose paired with evocative illustrations by Mexican illustrator Claudia Navarro make for a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.

the remember balloons

by Jessie Oliveros and Dana Wulfekotte

published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:

James’s Grandpa has the best balloons because he has the best memories. He has balloons showing Dad when he was young and Grandma when they were married. Grandpa has balloons about camping and Aunt Nelle’s poor cow. Grandpa also has a silver balloon filled with the memory of a fishing trip he and James took together.

But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is heartbroken. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice!

Grandpa no longer has balloons of his own. But James has many more than before. It’s up to him to share those balloons, one by one.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

National Let's Laugh Day! (a day late)


Everyone loves to laugh. And it's good for you, too! We all may find different things funny - and that's ok! Here are some of my recent funny finds!

Funny Fiction Favorites:

Potato Pants!

by Laurie Keller

published by Henry Holt & Co

Chicken Break! A Counting Book

by Cate Berry and Charlotte Alder

published by Feiwel & Friends

Knockout Nonfiction: A playful look at nature!

I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures that Look Like Food

by Jenna Grodzicki

published by Millbrook Press

Explore More - Online Jokes!

Monday, February 1, 2021

National Bird Month

I have a newfound love of birdwatching. I even asked for a better pair of binoculars for my birthday. 

So, in celebration of National Bird Month...

Childhood Favorite! Yes, I DO still have my copy, as loved as it is! 

The Best Nest

Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman

Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers

New Fun Fiction! This sweet Wordy Birdy has a few things to say. 

Wordy Birdy 

written by: Tammi Sauer

Illustrated by: Dave Mottram

Published by: Dragonfly Books

Knockout Nonfiction! I want this one on my bookshelf!

Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids

Written by: Elissa Wolfsen

and Margaret Barker

Published by: Cool Springs Press

Explore More - Online!

 National Geographic Kids Birds 

Monday, January 18, 2021

National Thesaurus Day - January 18

A Thesaurus is a must-have book for writers. You can look up any word and find synonyms, or words that mean the same thing. In honor of National Thesaurus Day, I will share some of my favorite, favored and prized books.

A fun fiction story using synonyms throughout!

A child friendly biography about Peter Mark Roget, the creator of the Thesaurus! Gorgeous illustrations!

One of my favorites for writing! Unique!

And my ALL-TIME favorite series!

And a visit to is sure to help with your perfect word-choice needs.

Friday, January 8, 2021

The Promise of a New Year

I always love the promise of a new writing year. This one, of course, exponentially so! 

Renewing my memberships. 

Looking over my juicy To-Read shelf on Goodreads.

Setting writing goals.

Embracing my morning pages.

Looking forward to the new webinars, blog posts and contests.

It's such an energizing time of year. Though I'm never ready by Jan 1, I'm usually ready by the second week of January. And here I am! 

This year, I have a new accountability partner for my writing life. I've found new motivational newsletters. And I'm excited to read new stories, new manuscripts and new books. This kid-lit world is the best!